Pumpkin Patch Brownies are a fun treat during the fall season and for Halloween. These easy peasy treats are a fun fall activity that is made with boxed brownie mix, Oreo crumbs, and candy pumpkins.
Whether you're making this with your favorite brownie recipe or your favorite boxed mix, these brownies are an easy dessert to make that resembles a little pumpkin patch.
This was inspired by my Frankenstein Halloween Brownies, another brownie recipe topped with candies and green icing stitches.
- boxed brownie mix
- Oreo crumbs
- candy pumpkins
- Heavy cream
- Semisweet chocolate chips
- Green cookie icing
Instructions for Making Pumpkin Patch Brownies
The first step to making the delicious pumpkin patch brownies is to preheat the oven and line a 9-inch pan with parchment paper with extra parchment paper to hang over the side of pan. This will make it easy to lift the brownies out of the pan to cut into squares. You can also use cooking spray to grease the bottom and sides of the pan.
Bake the brownies according to the box directions. You will need a mixing bowl and most likely need eggs and oil to make fudgy brownies.
Bake the brownies in a 9x9 square pan according to the box directions and check the doneness of the brownies with an inserted toothpick into the center of the pan. You want the brownies to be fudgy and dry and crumbly. Allow the brownies to completely cool in the pan before lifting them out of the pan.
Make Oreo crumbs by adding about 13 Oreo cookies in a food processor and blending them to make Oreo dirt. Set aside and make the chocolate ganache.
To make the chocolate ganache, you can either make it on the stovetop or heat the heavy cream in the microwave until bubbly at 30-second intervals to be careful not to burn it. Once the heavy cream is heated, add the chocolate chips to the heavy whipping cream and let it sit so the chocolate chips have the chance to melt. Whisk the ganache mixture until it is smooth and allow it to cool slightly before pouring it evenly over the top of the brownie.
Once the ganache is poured over the uncut brownies, evenly layer the Oreo crumbs on top of the frosting and gently press down into the ganache so the Oreo crumbs will stick.
Next, use green cookie icing to draw small green lines to resemble garden rows before placing your candy pumpkins on top of the brownies making sure that there are enough candy pumpkins to have one in the center of each brownie once they are cut.
And there you have it! Your pumpkin patch brownies are ready to be enjoyed at bake sales, at a fall party, or just as a tasty treat at home.
Remember to store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator because the ganache needs to stay refrigerated. Happy baking!
Hint: Use parchment paper with a two-inch overhang to easily lift the brownies from the pan so slice them easily.
This recipe for Pumpkin Patch Brownies has quite a few substitutions that can be made and still have the best results.
Instead of using a boxed brownie mix, you can make homemade brownies using your favorite brownie recipe and baking them in a 9x9 baking pan.
In place of the chocolate ganache, you can use canned chocolate frosting to smooth over the cooled brownies before topping with the Oreo dirt.
Instead of using premade green cookie icing, you can substitute with white chocolate chips melted and colored with green food coloring.
Variations for Pumpkin Patch Brownies
These recipe variations are a good way to change the recipe to fit your dietary needs and preferences.
In addition to the candy pumpkins pressed into the Oreo crumbs resembling garden soil, you can add gummy worms to make them a fun treat for a Halloween party.
In place of candy pumpkins, you can dip fresh strawberries in melted orange candy melts and use them as your "pumpkins."
You can also make this fun Halloween treat gluten free. To do this, use a gluten free brownie mix or use make homemade gluten free brownies. Make sure to choose gluten free Oreos and gluten free candies to make them truly gluten free.
To make these fun treats even easier, you can skip making the brownies and use pre-made brownies in their place.
You don't need a lot of kitchen tools to make these Pumpkin patch brownies but you will need a few essential items.
You will need a 9x9 baking pan that is either lined with parchment paper with a two-inch overhang or sprayed with cooking spray on the bottom and sides.
A mixing bowl will be needed to make the brownie batter.
A spatula or whisk will be needed to combine your ingredients thoroughly.
If making homemade green icing, a piping bottle will be needed to pipe the vines onto the top of the brownies.
A small food processor is ideal for making the Oreo crumbs evenly and finely ground to resemble the dirt for the pumpkin patch.
Storing your pumpkin patch brownies properly will ensure they stay fresh and delicious. If using chocolate ganache, these brownies will need to be stored in the refrigerator. Store them in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. When ready to eat, remove the desired number of brownies and let them come to room temperature before enjoying.
If using chocolate frosting in place of the ganache, the pumpkin patch brownies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Save time by using premade green cookie icing to make the pumpkin patch brownie vines.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can pumpkin patch brownies be made gluten-free?
For a gluten-free version, simply substitute a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular flour or use a Gluten-Free Brownies recipe such as this one. Make sure to use gluten free candies and cookies to make it truly gluten free.
Can pumpkin patch brownies be made with boxed cake mix?
Making these brownies with a boxed cake mix is easy to do. All you need is eggs and oil to create a chewy fudgy texture.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- 1 box brownie mix + ingredients to make brownies
- green cookie icing
- 13 Oreo cookies, crumbled
- 5 ounces candy pumpkins
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven and line a 9-inch square pan with a two-inch overhang or use a cooking spray to grease the bottom and sides of the pan.
- Bake the brownies according to the box directions in a 9x9 pan. You want the brownies to be fudgy and dry and crumbly.
- Allow the brownies to completely cool in the pan before lifting them out of the pan.
- Make Oreo crumbs by adding about 13 Oreo cookies in a food processor and blending them to make Oreo dirt.
- To make the chocolate ganache, heat the heavy cream on the stovetop until it is just beginning to boil and remove it from the heat.
- Add the chocolate chips to the heavy cream and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Whisk the ganache mixture until it is smooth and allow it to cool slightly before pouring it evenly over the top of the brownie.
- Sprinkle the Oreo crumbs on top of the frosting and gently press down into the ganache so the Oreo crumbs will stick.
- Next, use green cookie icing to draw small green lines to resemble garden rows before placing your candy pumpkins on top of the brownies.
Store brownies in the refrigerator since ganache is used in this recipe.
You can use chocolate frosting in its place and will not need to refrigerator.
Place enough pumpkins on top of the brownies so that every brownie square will have a pumpkin.
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Serving Size:1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g
Nutrition calculation is a rough estimate and can vary depending on the cooking technique and the exact ingredients used. For informational purposes only.
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